AVIATION - GRAF ZEPPELIN AIRSHIPID92900053
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On the obverse an image of the German airship Graf Zeppelin is reproduced in color. At the top, the legend GRAF ZEPPELIN. At the bottom, the legend ESPAÑA and the year of minting 2020 appear. The motifs and legends are surrounded by geometric figures symbolizing the shapes of the clouds.
On the reverse (common to all the pieces), the image of a two-bladed propeller is reproduced; above, the legend HISTORY OF AVIATION; below the central image, the value of the 1.5 EURO coin and the mint mark. Outside the central circle, the images of two turbines are reproduced, separated from each other by lines.
|Series||History of Aviation|
|Face Value (Euro)||1.5|
“GRAF ZEPPELIN” LZ 127 AIRSHIP
A German, early-20th-century airship. It made its maiden flight on 18 September 1928. In its 600 trips, it flew 150 times over the Atlantic Ocean. In 1936 it established a regu- lar cargo and postal service line between Europe and South America. It was the largest airship of its era.
It had the capacity to carry 20 passengers and 40 crew.
On 29 August 1929, the “Graf Zeppelin” (“Count Zeppelin”) completed a round-the- world trip in 21 days. It established the flight record without touching down at 128 hours on 6 May 1937.
The tragic fire of another great German airship, the Hindenburg, caused by static elec- tricity while anchored to the mooring mast in New Jersey, killed 36 people and brought passenger transport to a halt. “Graf Zeppelin” was consequently dismantled in 1940, putting an end to the era of the airships.
Length: 237 m
Diameter: 30.48 m
Volume: 105,000 m3
Payload: 60 tm (capacity for 40 crew and 20 passengers)
Maximum speed: 128 km/h
Five 12 cilinders and 550 hp VL-2 Maybach engine